Scratch build a grain elevator – part 3

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Published on: February 10, 2016

Cutting stripwood

Well that is… well… boring. After sticking al the stripwood on to the cardboard body I use a  little sandingtool to smooth the edges.

The next step is staining the blank stripwood with a mix of rubbing aclohol and Indian ink. Once the building is done, I applied a wash of red paint to give the structure a reddish weared look.

Next it’s time to put some windows in the building and finish the driveway through the building.

Extra: This is how a grain elevator works

Read the previous episode (part 2) or part 1.

…to be continued.

Scratch build a grain elevator – part 2

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Published on: February 3, 2016

Grain Elevator Home Grain 2

Here are the first steps of building a scratchbuild grain elevator.

First I tried to find a drawing of a grain elevator. That wasn’t easy to say the least. After several attempts I decided to take the measurements of my grain elevator from a picture. (left)

In the previous post the are two pictures of the Home Grain Co Ltd grain elevator. I took the size of the boxcar and the elevator on the picture and projected this on a piece of cardboard made of an empty cornflake box.

I glued the pieces together and reinforced the building with pieces of stripwood on the inside. After two hours of drying I sprayed the building with black paint. This way you will not see the white background between the pieces of stripwood later on.

Here you can read part 1 of scratch build a grain elevator

…to be continued

Scratch build a grain elevator – part 1

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Published on: January 30, 2016

IMG_0799A new project is boiling in my mind; scratch build a grain elevator.

First a bit of history of Grain Elevators
The need for Grain elevators emerged in the mid 1800’s in North America when agriculture moved to a cash crop economy following the invention of the Cyrus McCormick Mechanical Reaper.

The McCormick reaper machine revolutionized farming methods enabling wheat farmers to begin mass production of grain crops. The storage of grain and its transportation was both labor intensive and time consuming.

Joseph Dart watched the shipping activity, and the tremendous effort required to unload the grain and his idea to mechanize the process and store the grain was born. (more…)

More trains than you can keep track of

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Published on: January 20, 2016
Golden Spike TowerThe Golden Spike Tower in North Platte, Nebraska, rises 8 stories above Union Pacific’s 2,850-acre Bailey Yard the world’s largest train yard. Take a look at the webcam stream.
Truly a once in a lifetime experience: The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center-more trains than you can keep track of!

Testrun GP18 after rebuild

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Published on: December 4, 2014

At last the GP18 has made it’s way to te layout. Fitted with an wrong sound decoder, it should be a non-turbo version of the EMD 567 prime mover, the GP18 has made it’s first inches on my layout after more then ten years of collecting dust. (added an extra clip of my GP7)


Southern EMD GP18 restoration and rebuild

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Published on: April 11, 2014


Part 1 – overview

The next project will be the restoration and rebuild of a more than ten years old model of a Proto 2000 Southern GP18 of the first run.

These locomotives predated DCC. There was no circuit board in them, just a diode bundle for the directional lighting.

Goal of the project will be all new electrical wiring, new LED lightning and build in a DCC decoder with sound.

The unit was bought on a model railroad convention as a cheap secondhand item. There was a note in the box telling there was a problem with the wiring of the lightbulbs of the unit.

So, the first work that has to be done is the complete removal of all electrical wires from the locomotive. (more…)

Scratchbuild a watertank

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Published on: December 6, 2013
The end of the watertank project
The end of the watertank project

In the august 2013 number of Modelrailroad Magazine there was a description of scratchbuilding a branchline watertank from stripwood. It seemed to be a perfect fit for my scenic’d timesaver layout. Here is a short description of building the watertank.

For scratchbuilding the watertank I used the following materials. A pack of wooden stirring sticks, long matches, a piece of cardstock, waterproof sandingpaper, a cardboard tube of an empty roll of ducttape, a cardboard ballpoint and a straw.

It is important to stain your pieces of stripwood first before you put any sort of glue to them. If there is any glue on the visible wood parts you won’t be able to stain them properly.


USRA 0-8-0

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Published on: November 7, 2013
Walthers Part # 920-60122
USRA 0-8-0

When I start building the Timesaver I wished (at least) for two locomotives.

A GP7 and an USRA 0-8-0.

The Geep was the first loco I bought for my little switching layout.

With the purchase of the USRA 0-8-0 my rolling stock is complete. (for now) The Walthers Heritage 0-8-0 is from the latest limited run.


Setup the Tsunami Digital Sound Decoder

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Published on: March 28, 2013

Tsunami decoderIn the previous post I described the sound upgrade of the Virginian 737. Now I will tune the decoder so the loco will run as smooth as possible.

Remember, this is just a guide, you can (and should) always adjust the settings the way you like the most. It’s just an example of how it could be done.


Sound upgrade Roco 63353 (Walthers P2K Heritage)

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Published on: March 27, 2013
Virginian 737
Virginian 737

It’s been a long time since there was an update on this blog, but at last, here it is.

My first American steam loco! Although not ecxactly suited for the timesaver layout, still a great machine to look at. And now also a great machine to listen at.

The model is dcc-ready. It is suited with a 8 pin NMRA plug and plenty of space in the tender. As I have good experience with Soundtraxx decoders I ordered a Soundtraxx Tsunami Heavy Steam decoder, together with a speaker and a 8-pin connector.

To place the speaker in the tender I had to remove the coal load. Fortunally the load is easy to remove. I placed the speaker on a piece of styreen which replaces the coal load. The tender becomes a great sound box this way.


Pavement, Wall & Tile textures

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Published on: February 24, 2012
Example of wall texture

In the download section you can find some of my texture files. I’ve got more than a gig of files, far to much to put it all online.

In my selection you’ll find wall, pavement and tile textures. Hope you enjoy it.

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